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Weare rescinds firing of former discredited police sergeant Joseph Kelley

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Joseph Kelley, the Weare police sergeant who oversaw a deadly and sharply criticized drug bust last year and who was fired months later for allegedly falsifying documents, can potentially return to the job, according to officials and a letter sent Friday by the town’s attorney. Kelley has not officially been reinstated, but the attorney, Mark Broth, indicated in the letter that his firing last fall has been rescinded. Kelley was … 0

Downtown deli scorched in Franklin blaze

Monday, September 29, 2014

A convenience store and meat market in downtown Franklin was all but destroyed Saturday night by a three-alarm fire that authorities said they believe was the result of an electrical malfunction in the basement. The single-story building at 195 Central St. survived the blaze, but had severe fire, smoke and water damage, Franklin fire Capt. Jason Jenkins said. Jenkins declined to speculate whether … 0

At least 31 believed dead at Japanese volcano

Monday, September 29, 2014

Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery yesterday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash. Four victims were brought down and confirmed dead, one day after Mount Ontake’s big initial eruption, said Takehiko Furukoshi, a Nagano prefecture crisis-management official. … 0

Pennsylvania: Couple in Craigslist slaying sentenced to life

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A newlywed couple whose Craigslist ad lured a stranger to his death were sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole by a judge who said their “permanent removal” from society is appropriate. Neither 19-year-old Miranda Barbour nor … 0

Man wants marathon bombing suspect to face victims

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hasn’t appeared in court for more than a year. But prosecutors and a man who was severely injured in the bombings say they want to see him in a courtroom soon. “I’d … 0

Suspended Pembroke-area podiatrist’s hearing postponed until October

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The hearing for a Pembroke-area podiatrist whose license was suspended because of unsanitary practices has been postponed until next month. Originally scheduled for yesterday, Edward Newcott’s hearing before the New Hampshire Board of Registration in Podiatry will now take place at 1 p.m. on Oct. 24. In an … 0

Concord police arrest 2 in overnight break-in

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The police have arrested two men and charged them with felonies relating to an overnight burglary at an Americana Drive home last week. Lt. Timothy O’Malley said he expects more charges to come for at least one of … 1

Woman pleads insanity, made kids drink bleach

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A New Hampshire woman accused of trying to kill her children by forcing them to drink bleach has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Wendy Miller-Wright of Seabrook was charged last year with two counts of attempted murder, accused of making her 6-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter … 0

Dunbarton police arrest Michigan man following sexual assault investigation

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A 21-year-old Michigan man was arrested Monday after the police said he sexually assaulted a child younger than 16 at a home in Dunbarton. Jesse Dagle of Eastpointe, Mich., was taken into custody by the Dunbarton and Manchester police at a Manchester hotel after the Dunbarton police obtained … 0

Details of domestic violence claim against Weare police chief emerge

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A judge has granted a new restraining order against Weare police Chief John Velleca, days after his assistant says he assaulted her at her Hillsboro home. In a petition filed Monday and released yesterday in Hillsboro’s district court, … 5

Hopkinton firefighter: Emergency response won’t change despite temporary move

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some Hopkinton Fire Department functions are now based out of the Hopkinton Village station, while the Contoocook Village station undergoes construction. The full-time crew, primary ambulance and chief’s office can be found at 100 Main St. in Hopkinton. Anyone looking to file for a burn permit or with … 0

U.S. Attorney: Drug cartel member pleads guilty in Cocnord

Monday, September 15, 2014

The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Hampshire said a member of the Sinaloa drug cartel has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto of Mexico was in federal court in Concord yesterday. Prosecutors said he was arrested in Spain in 2012, where he was … 0

700 feared dead in 2 Mediterranean boat wrecks

Monday, September 15, 2014

This year is on track to become the deadliest ever for migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea after two heavily loaded boats were wrecked in the past week, possibly killing 700 people fleeing Africa for Europe – the same … 0